Variable histopathology of discovertebral lesion (spondylodiscitis) of ankylosing spondylitis

Clin Exp Rheumatol. Jan-Feb 1990;8(1):67-9.


Extensive discovertebral lesion is an infrequent complication of long-standing ankylosing spondylitis. Reported histopathological descriptions vary from predominantly inflammatory to fibrous granulation with reactive bone formation. We report variable histological findings in four symptomatic patients with extensive discovertebral lesions who required spinal fusion.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Discitis / complications
  • Discitis / pathology*
  • Discitis / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spondylitis, Ankylosing / complications
  • Spondylitis, Ankylosing / pathology*